When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and he felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. - Mark 6:34a - NASB.
“There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night just disturbed, sometimes crying about the lostness of this world. Almost 1 billion of this worlds 7 billion people are very likely to die without ever hearing the gospel in such a fashion that they can comprehend it and then respond to it. The picture is of a blind person walking along and asking for help and someone has taken them by the hand and they fully suspect that they are taking them to safety but instead they are taking them to death. Billions of people who apart from Jesus Christ will be alive a million billion years from now in the darkness. The world has a need for the Gospel and we are not doing what we can. In light of the worlds greatest lostness in light of the moment when we can get the Gospel into the heart and hands of people more easily than any other time in this earth, we are backing up. What a tragedy if what happened next would be that God would call us home and then ask us “What did you do with what I gave you?” The problem folks is that we don’t understand lostness. And it’s stake on the lives of billions of people. My prayer is that it would be said that there had never been a greater hour for missions, that there had never been a greater time, that we were those oh call them back and we said “Yes where coming!” And every person in this world aught to have a legitimate reason to believe that if they can just hang on a little longer we will get there with the word. I pray you will join with me in one sacred effort to fulfill the Great Commission.” - Tom Elliff, President of the IMB